If you are consistently feeling exhausted and dragging your feet by mid-week, you aren’t alone. Almost 40% of us don’t get the recommended 7–9 hours of sleep that science has proven we need in order to repair and restore our bodies. Sleep deprivation can be linked to several health issues, including lack of production and concentration to depression and anxiety. Isn’t it time we had our sleep health in mind?
Sleep Awareness Week 2016
Our partners at the National Sleep Foundation have one simple question for you: what if we all focused the next 7 days on jump-starting our sleep health? Sounds easy enough, but where to start? Check out the NSF’s daily tips and tricks to help you get a handle on your sleep.
Day 1: You schedule everything else, so why not your sleep? You owe it to yourself to schedule the sleep time that your mind and body needs to function at its best. We promise, your body will thank you!
Day 2: Stop the late night munching. Eating late doesn’t let your body fully rest. Leaving a couple of hours between eating and going to bed will help you reap the maximum benefits of a good night’s sleep.
Day 3: Power down your devices. The light from blue-lit screens can disrupt your body’s circadian rhythm and affect your ability to sleep. Your body needs time to recharge, too, so turn them off and tune into your health.
Day 4: Make your bedroom your sleep sanctuary. A comfortable mattress, pillow, and bedding will help you get a better night’s sleep. Keeping your bedroom dark and cool helps to maintain a comfortable sleep environment and is a proven prescription for quality Zz’s.
Day 5: Create a wind-down routine. Help prepare your mind and body for sleep with deep breathing, stretching, and other relaxing exercises. Having a pre-slumber ritual that includes quiet, relaxing activities like reading or meditation will help you unwind and help get your mind ready for sleep.
Day 6: Losing sleep over something? We all know it’s hard to relax your mind and body at the end of the day. Try keeping a pen and paper next to your bed so that you can write down any thoughts, worries, or last minute ideas from your day. You’ll sleep better with a clear mind.
Day 7: Don’t let daylight savings throw you off your game. Implementing these tips into your nightly routine will help you spring forward towards better sleep.
Join us as we focus on our personal sleep health this Sleep Awareness Week. We want to hear from you! Send us your sleep tips and comment with personal insights that might just help the next reader improve their sleep.